Flamin’ Hot, the narrative film directorial debut of Eva Longoria (Searching for Mexico), is set to become the first feature to make its streaming debut on both Hulu and Disney+.
According to Deadline, this is the first time a new movie will be available on both platforms. Hulu will stream Flamin’ Hot in the United States, and Disney+ will offer the movie to subscribers overseas. The premiere date is June 9, 2023.
“I’m so excited for the world to see Flamin’ Hot on these two streaming platforms making this universal, inspirational story accessible to an even wider audience,” Longoria told Deadline. “Now, everyone can celebrate the joy, power, and heart of this film that also happens to uplift Latinos both in front of and behind the camera.”
Flamin’ Hot made its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on March 11 where it recently picked up the Audience Award in the Headliners category. The crowd-pleasing comedy-drama tells the story of Richard Montañez (Jesse Garcia), a janitor working at a Frito-Lay plant, who has long claimed to be the inventor of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
Montañez’s claims were questioned by the L.A. Times in May 2021 when they published an exposé, which included a statement from Frito-Lay calling his version of the story an “urban legend.” A month later, Longoria told Remezcla that she was “absolutely” confident making the film and basing it on Montañez’s 2013 memoir, A Boy, A Burrito and A Cookie: From Janitor to Executive.
“His accomplishments, his struggles and his life story [are] his story to tell, not the L.A. Times,” she said.